London flight punctuality 'a mixed picture'
Wed, 18 Jun, 2008
The punctuality of scheduled flights at London's airports appears to be getting worse in some areas and better in others, according to new figures from the Civil Aviation Authority.
Between January and March 2008, only 56 per cent of flights at London Heathrow Airport were on time, compared with 65 per cent in the same period of 2007.
At London City Airport, 58 per cent of flights were on time, down 12 percentage points.
In contrast, London Luton, London Gatwick and London Stansted improved their punctuality performance in the first three months of the year when compared with 2007.
At Luton, for example, on-time performance increased by five percentage points to 76 per cent.
The Civil Aviation Authority is a public corporation, established in 1972 as an independent specialist aviation regulator.
Last month, Giovanni Bisignani, the head of the International Air Transport Association, criticised the regulator for authorising an 86 per cent hike in charges that airlines will have to pay to use Heathrow.